Annadata Sukhibhava – ಅನ್ನದಾತ ಸುಖಿಭವ

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I have decided to post a few articles on social issues I am seeing all over the world, and mainly in my home country India. Having been to India quite frequently over the past 3-4 years, I am shocked to see the sea of change in the attitude of people.

Having such a huge online presence and followers, if I can make a change even in 1 person, I would be happy. If on the other hand I can create an awareness, that is also great.

From today, before you eat your food, say two simple words, ‘Annadata Sukhibhava – ಅನ್ನದಾತ  ಸುಖಿಭವ’. It means “let the one who provided me food be happy.

The food which comes to your table is because of several people involved. Let us for a second ignore everything else and count just the people who helped us buy the food and who helped cook the food.

So, the person who helped in buying the food maybe your Father, Mother, Son, Daughter or your in-laws. Without them we would have slept in hunger, so tell them “Annadata Sukhibhava – ಅನ್ನದಾತ  ಸುಖಿಭವ“.

Next, is the person who helped cook the food.  Recently, I have been hearing a lot of rifts due to cooking and food in general. Always the case of why me, why me? Not many want to cook? Even when I see some places where they do cook food regularly, it is with so much anger and frustration. We are cooking for our family, we are happy if our family is healthy and happy, right?

For just one day, stop complaining that the food prepared by your loved one, had no salt, not spicy enough, the sambar was a little watery, the chutney was tasteless. The next time you sit down to eat food, with an open mind and a broad smile ( yes, broad smile), say “Annadata Sukhibhava – ಅನ್ನದಾತ  ಸುಖಿಭವ”.

It is a very powerful word, and create a sea of change in your life, and in the life of your loved ones.

As a teenager when I prepared food for my parents, my father always said these two words for me. It made me so happy as a kid. Last month when we went for a long vacation, Sneha my daughter prepared food for us. As we were eating the Puliyogre and Curd Rice she had prepared, I said the same two words to her, and insisted my Husband to say to her “Annadata Sukhibhava – ಅನ್ನದಾತ  ಸುಖಿಭವ”. She had the same smile like I had when my Father said those words. A powerful word of gratitude for someone who cooked with so much love!

And let me know if you said those two words to your LOVED ONES!

 

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34 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Premila,Suresh on January 30, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    Hello, Please keep posting such wonderful sayings. This is a must for our children for they must know the value of people,things etc. Thank u Premila suresh

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  2. Posted by shanthisethuraman on January 30, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    Thanks for sharing the words which we should say Annadata Subkhibhava when we eat food for gratitude to the person who cooked food.

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  3. Posted by V. Gopal on January 30, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Very good thought. Perhaps somewhere we should also thank the farmer who grew the paddy and vegetable

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  4. Posted by Sreenivasa Rao n.g. on January 31, 2015 at 12:28 am

    Hare Sreenivasa

    Saying in kannada `gida boggedare,mara boggEthe. As elders if we teach this to our younger children from’ now onwards there will not be a problem for next generation. Thinking and guidance should start from Grass roots, from our own house- even we have to tell this to so called elite elders as well.

    Another point- this enjulu, musire. Present generation thinks- socialising-exhibiting of friendship means all eating in and same plate, drinking from one and same cup. this culture has to change.

    Still there are many. to serve entire menu at once is not advisable. Let each one of us put in our views, try to change the out-look to our best of our ability.

    Sarve janah sukhino bhavantu

    sreenivasa rao

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  5. Posted by Lakshmi on January 31, 2015 at 1:38 am

    You are doing a wonderful job. God blessing is with you.
    We have a Krishna Vrundavan here in San Jose. Puttige Swamigalu was here few months ago as you might be knowing.

    Normally it our practice to say before eating
    ಬ್ರಹ್ಮಾರ್ಪಣಂ ಬ್ರಹ್ಮಹವಿರ್ ಬ್ರಹ್ಮ ಬ್ರಹ್ಮಗ್ನೋ ಬ್ರಹ್ಮಣಾಹುತಮ್
    ಬ್ರಹ್ಮೈವ ತೇನ ಗಂತವ್ಯಂ ಬ್ರಹ್ಮ ಕರ್ಮ ಸಮಾಧಿನಹ

    and as you have mentioned say annadaatha sukhibava at the end. Just mentioning that is all

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  6. Posted by P B Srinivasa Rao on January 31, 2015 at 1:53 am

    Thank you Noted  the message and follow in futurep b s rao

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  7. Posted by Pratima Madhav on January 31, 2015 at 2:31 am

    Wow! Beautiful Post.

    Have been practicing this since childhood and carrying it on till date 🙂 Thankyou so much for this thoughtful post, felt very happy to read it.

    -Pratima Madhav.

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  8. Posted by Rekha on January 31, 2015 at 7:17 am

    Good Thought.

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  9. Posted by Jayashreee Purnaprasad on January 31, 2015 at 7:48 am

    My mother & also my aunt was saying “Annadaatha Suchibhava. when I asked the meaning they said it reffered to God who gave us today”s food”

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  10. Posted by Jayashreee Purnaprasad on January 31, 2015 at 7:51 am

    My mother & my aunt were saying these words after eating their meal ,” annadata Sukibhava” when I asked the meaning they said it refered to” God” who gave us today’s food .

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  11. Posted by Padma Rao on January 31, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Very nicely said, Meera. Yes, that’s the trend and people take things for granted and get irritated over small things not being right in the good rather than being thankful. -Padma

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  12. Posted by Thammanna.P.S on January 31, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    ಅನ್ನದಾತ ಸುಖೀ ಭವ ಸರಿಯಾದ ಕನ್ನಡ

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  13. Posted by Shubha Satish on February 3, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    This is a very inspiring article, Meera. As you have said we have to thank God, the earth and all the people involved in bringing the food to us. There are some more points from my sside.

    1)Be thankful to yourself – This is what my parents & grandparents have said. Today, you are alive, able to walk on your own legs and eating with your own hands. Not many have that luck, when they are handicapped, bedridden or on life support. Food is fed by somebody else or through IV tubes. Even attending nature calls also becomes difficult.
    2) Free food – Food is not free; somebody has paid for it, toiled for it. Never criticise food. Instead, offer constructive criticism. Like, which dish is the best. It hurts the people who have cooked it.
    3) Compliment the host, or the cook in social events. – Not many people say it, even though they have eaten to their full.
    4) Always show the path to food.- Never, cut the person and the source of food.
    5) Bring happiness to the table along with food. Spoiling our or anybody’s mood when eating is not right.
    6)As the old Chinese saying goes:- Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
    Let us thank our elders, teachers, friends, peers and even our kids.

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  14. Posted by Pushpa Desai on February 4, 2015 at 1:06 am

    Hi,

    I am a big fan of your site. Yesterday we had my sister in law and her family come over for dinner. As soon as we finished the dinner, my brother in law said a thank you to God followed by *Annadata Sukhibhava. *

    Probably he had being saying this all these years but I realised it only because of this specific article from your end.

    Thank you for letting us know so many things.

    with love Pushpa Desai

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  15. Posted by Divya V on February 4, 2015 at 4:51 am

    Awesome.. Hope everyone realise this

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  16. Posted by Divya V on February 5, 2015 at 1:13 am

    Thanks for sharing such good thoughts.. luckily i found this blog yesterday…All articles shared by u are awesome.. Thanks alot

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  17. Could you please let me know which scripture or text the saying ‘Annadata Sukhi Bahava’ originates from? With many thanks

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